Drug Lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Extradited To The US!

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BBC News has reported that long-time darling of the drug industry, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been extradited from Mexico to the United States to stand trial for drug trafficking and smuggling, despite his appeals against leaving Mexico.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel

He's been called "the most notorious drug lord since Pablo Escobar" and has been responsible for a multi-billion dollar drug trafficking ring.

He was first captured in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder and drug trafficking, but it didn't last.

In 2001, his first high-profile escape was from a maximum security prison in Mexico after being extradited from Guatemala.  It is rumored that he used a laundry basket to hide in during his escape.

Mexico, the USA and INTERPOL had him on their 'Most Wanted' lists.

He wasn't captured again until 2014, where he was found inside a condominium in Sinaloa.

At the time, the US was offering a $5 million reward for him, and Mexico was similarly offering a 60 million pesos reward (approximately $3.8 million).

But, this imprisonment was short lived as well.

Reports state that he escaped via a 1.5km (0.93 mi) tunnel in 2015.

El Chapo came across many peoples' radar for the first time during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he threatened Donald Trump via Twitter.

In response to Trump's now famous anti-Mexico tweets, El Chapo tweeted:

"Sigue chingando y voy hacer que te tragues todas tus putas palabras pinche guero cagaleche @realDonaldTrump" 

(“Keep f*cking around and I’m going to make you eat your f*cking words”)

— Joaquín Guzmán Loera (@ElChap0Guzman) July 12, 2015

This prompted Trump to ask the FBI to investigate.

However, after a shootout with the Mexican Marines and Federal Police, he was recaptured in January 2016.

He's spent his time in prison until now under the threat of extradition.  In his appeal, he stated that if extradited to the United States, he could face the death penalty, and would prefer to face a life sentence in Mexico.

Despite his appeals, he was extradited on January 19, 2017 to the Eastern District of New York, where he is expected to be tried.

In addition to drug trafficking, he's being accused of murder, kidnapping and torture.

We wish him a speedy trial with a fair outcome and we hope that any (alleged) victims of his are able to find some peace knowing he's behind bars.

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